Have you ever had a plumbing problem, but you weren’t really sure if you should call a plumber? Perhaps you have wondered what kinds of problems people DO call plumbers for.

The answer is simple: You can call a plumber for any solution that’s above your skill level. So if you’re practically MacGyver, maybe you’ll never call a plumber for the rest of your life, while if you’re anything like us, you outsource the things that you’d have to study buy a lot of tools to do. And no one will look at you funny if you need help with something that’s simple for the plumber but over your head. It’s like your taxes. Your tax guy does it all the time, and what takes him five minutes might cost you a month of headaches and hair-pulling. So before you pull out your hair over your plumbing problem, feel free to call us about any of the following super-common plumbing issues.

Plugged Toilet

Of all the plumbing emergencies to have, this one is right up there at the top of the list.

First, you should try this: Use a plunger.

However, sometimes, no matter how hard and how often you plunge, that toilet just won’t unclog itself. Never fear – simply call your local plumber. It may be that the obstruction is further down in your toilet or is more complex than what a simple plunger can fix.

Clogged Drain

It doesn’t matter if that clogged drain is located in your kitchen sink, a bathroom sink, or your tub or shower. You have that drain for a reason, and you need it to drain. If it doesn’t, or if it only drains very slowly, it’s a frustrating headache. This is especially true if you get to be the lucky person who is second in line to use that clogged sink or tub.

First, you should try this: Pour a bottle of drain-clearing product down your drain. Your local hardware or department store will carry several brands. (Caution: These products are extremely toxic and can corrode the plumbing pipes in your home. If your home has an old plumbing system, you may want to skip this step and simply call the plumber.)

There are varying levels of difficulty that your clogged drain job might involve. It’s relatively simple for your plumber to clear an obstruction out of the trap or use a snake to clear your drain. It’s significantly more difficult to clear a blockage in your main line. If more than one of your drains is stopped up, this may be an indication that the problem resides in your main line.

Leaky Faucet

Replacing a leaky faucet doesn’t take a lot of time, but if you don’t know how to do it, it can take you away from time that would have been better spent (and more enjoyable to you) if you simply ask your local plumber to do it. Plus, it may be much more cost-effective to simply ask your plumber to fix your existing faucet rather than buying a new one—even if you install it yourself.

What to do first: Call your local plumber and describe your faucet’s leak problem. Ask them if they think this is a repairable leak or if it’s something that you’re better off simply replacing.

Garbage Disposal Problems

Your garbage disposal does heavy-duty work day in and day out, but eventually, it may just decide to conk out on you. Standing water in your sink means that the disposal is clogged, either in the disposal itself or in the pipe further down the line from your disposal.

Try this first: If the garbage disposal won’t run at all, check the circuit breaker to the garbage disposal to make sure it is getting power. Also, remove any foreign objects that may be in the garbage disposal.

If all else fails, call a plumber for your garbage disposal issue. It may be that a plumber can use additional methods to unjam the disposal, repair it, or replace it. Prevention is a big key to avoiding garbage disposal problems, so check out our tips on how to keep your garbage disposal running strong for years.

Water Heater Installation

One of the tasks that most people find to be above their difficulty level is replacing a broken hot water heater, but a plumber can do this for you in a snap. We don’t recommend that you try doing this yourself before you call a plumber. Call us for expert service on your water heater installation

Water Leaks In Your Pipes

Water leaks in your pipes can be an especially difficult problem to address, especially if the pipes are leaking somewhere within the walls and you don’t know where. You probably shouldn’t do this yourself. A qualified plumber can help you to troubleshoot your water leak problem in the most efficient way.

Plumbing Vent Clogs

Your plumbing vent is an air pipe that usually exits your home through the roof. You may wonder how something like this could possibly get clogged, but debris can sometimes enter and build up, causing a clog. This is a job that requires someone to go up onto your roof to clear. Unless you have the tools and the know-how for this job, you probably shouldn’t DIY it.

Sewer Problems

A sewer backup comes with a lot of unwanted drama. If this happens to you, you won’t have any doubts about whether you need to call a plumber—you’ll want help ASAP. Let our Kankakee plumbers help you with all your sewer needs, including sewer line cleaning, sewer pipe replacement, sewer pipe repairs, and sewer drain cleaning.

Contact our Kankakee Plumbers today

We are here to provide reliable, efficient service to Kankakee County and the surrounding areas. If you are experiencing any one of these plumbing problems, don’t hesitate to call us. One of our plumbers will be happy to help with your problem, no matter how large or small. Contact us today to ask for a quote, a service call, or advice on how to proceed. We’re here to serve you.